After a 5-1 win for the holders against Nigel Adkins' side in the FA Cup, the stage is set for a rematch at Stamford Bridge just 11 days after the demolition at St Mary's
Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Hazard, Mata, Bertrand
Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox
Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez
John Terry is set for a return to the Chelsea starting line-up after spending two months on the sidelines with a knee injury, while Demba Ba is likely to keep his place up front ahead of Fernando Torres.
Yossi Benayoun and Oriel Romeu (both knee) are Rafael Benitez’s only casualties so Terry’s return looks likely to be the only change from the 4-0 win at Stoke, with Torres remaining on the bench.
Nigel Adkins is likely to name the same line-up as Saturday’s win at Aston Villa with the exception of Luke Shaw, who suffered a nasty gash on his right knee in Saints’ 1-0 win, meaning Danny Fox is set to deputise for the 17-year-old.
Jose Fonte (knee) was stretchered off in the 5-1 FA Cup defeat to the Blues and is still out, meaning Jos Hooiveld keeps his place alongside Maya Yoshida, while Adam Lallana (knee) also remains sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup win over Southampton was the Blues' biggest ever win over Saints.
- The Stamford Bridge side have won their last five matches against Southampton in all competitions; their last defeat to Saints coming at home on New Year’s Day 2002.
- The Blues have beaten the south coast side 20 times at home, with 12 draws and 12 victories for the visitors.
- Frank Lampard (pictured right) notched his 194th Chelsea goal in the 4-0 win at Stoke, moving him ahead of Blues legend Kerry Dixon to second on Chelsea’s all-time top scorer list.
- Nigel Adkins’ side have taken 17 points out of a possible 33, losing only two of their last 11 Premier League games.
- Rickie Lambert’s penalty against Aston Villa – his ninth Premier League goal of the season – maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot, with 29 spot-kicks scored out of 29.